It looks like the builder will probably start on the 13th November. We can also pay Howdens directly which is reassuring, and the builder wants no money until the work is complete.
We are not getting the worktop from Howdens, as there is nothing I like. We had considered a local Granite/Quartz place, but I wasn’t sold on it and it was out of our budget.
We had decided to get a good quality laminate from here https://www.hcsupplies.co.uk/, but they won’t deliver to our address as the road is too narrow. They can deliver to the nearest main road and we carry it back, I’m considering asking my barber who I’m pally with, if I can get it delivered there as its easily walkable. But I’m not sure if that would be weird or not.